When the Beagle docked in Angra do Heroismo on its return journey from the Galapagos Islands, Darwin couldn’t resist exploring the island of Terceira. You’ll follow in Darwin’s footsteps on two wheels, during a self-guided cycling holiday on Terceira, riding the Darwin Trail in the company of our local cycling guide and seeing all the beautiful landscape has to offer. Spanning 8 days, you’ll visit the stunning coastline and dramatic interior of the Terceira island in the Azores.
Your self-guided cycling holiday begins in the historic town of Angra, the first settlement in the Azores to be granted city status due to its significance as a maritime hub for ships sailing between Europe, the West Indies and the Americas. The city suffered considerable damage during a major earthquake on New Year’s Day 1980 – repairs where completed by the end of 1983 and the city was awarded UNESCO status.
Having explored the Darwin Trail with our guide, you’ll then complete a three day, self-guided cycling holiday throughout the island.
There’s also time away from cycling, with a visit to the Algar do Carvao, a unique 3000 year old volcanic chimney which was formed by two major eruptions (1000 years apart), when the island was still volcanically active.
You’ll also spend a day with our local guide exploring the Reserva Florestal Natural Parcial do Biscoitos da Ferraria on foot: a protected reserve at the centre of the island. 20% of the island is classified as a protected Natural Park, with the aim of conserving what remains of the island’s Laurel Forests. Laurels were once common across mainland Europe before disappearing naturally due to glaciation.
Terceira provides a glimpse of how the islands of the Azores must have looked when the first settlers arrived, before the Laurel forests here were also (almost) destroyed. A self-guided cycling holiday is the optimum way to view the beauty this area offers.
Full day guided cycle ride - Guided Darwin on Terceira ride (47km).
When Darwin's the Beagle docked in the bay at Angra do Heroismo, he made various forays into the interior of the island and you’ll visit some of the same places, riding on a mix of quiet country roads and gravel farm tracks. Your day ends at the beach with a swim before returning to your hotel. The route can be tailored If you would prefer to only ride on tarmac roads.
Rocha do Chambre guided walk (full-day). Distance : 11km. Difficulty : Medium.
One of the most spectacular trails on Terceira, this walk takes you to the highest point on the island from where you have views across the island to the coast. After the walk there is the possibility to visit Algar do Carvao, a large underground lava tunnel.
Transfer from hotel to the airport for your flight to London.
Price Per Person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED : accommodation on B&B sharing basis, airport and luggage transfers, four days bike and helmet hire, maps and route notes, a full day guided cycle ride, a full day guided walk, flights and airport taxes (guide price only), pre-departure information booklet.
EXCLUDED : meals (other than breakfast) and travel insurance.
You'll be staying in a converted 16th century fortress ideally positioned above the marina in Angra for most of your week. It's in a quiet location but just 5 minutes walk into town. And also in two other locations around the coast during your cycle journey.
Azores Choice provided a prompt, helpful service. they found us the perfect accommodation for our needs and provided superb, expert advice on how to spend our week walking on San Miguel. I would certainly use them again.
Joan from Durham
Recommended small travel company!
Great little company with friendly staff. Organisation of flights & accommodation very efficient. When problems arise they are helpful and very reasonable in their efforts to resolve them. We would definitely use them again for a return trip.
Really great! Would use again!
Very efficient, friendly, helpful. Excellent local knowledge. Everything ran very smoothly, from supplying the tickets to airport pick ups and hotel bookings. Lovely accommodation selected. No complaints!
A wonderful break in a beautiful environment!
Everything was excellent. The information and organisation, the hotel and the island itself all exceeded our expectations. Whale watching and other trips out, fantastic. We will book again!
Great honeymoon package and experience!
They provided a great package at a good price. We found them to be helpful and a quality service was provided.
Nicola and Christopher – Winchester
Top notch service. Highly recommended!
Excellent service throughout. Very informative, with lots of literature, maps and the like. Attended their offices in Ponta Delgada – very impressed with Olivia, friendly and helpful. Paul was first class.
Lynne in Welton-by-Lincoln
Great company for first time Azores visit!
Really great company, will be recommending them. We had never visited the Azores before but this company helped us decided which islands to visit.
Brilliant holiday organised by an excellent company!
Friendly, helpful, professional and completely geared to us as individuals.
John and Janice
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides.
A really wonderful holiday!
We normally travel independently, but I am go glad that we used Archipelago Choice – their insider knowledge was really helpful in making the most of our time.
Valerie – Brighton
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